Meet the frame – the often forgotten but vital part of the art viewing experience. Step into any of the AGO’s galleries and you will find an array of frame shapes, sizes and styles. In fact, the AGO has a collection of more than 1,500 period frames, many of which are works of art in their own right. Most historical paintings are exhibited in antique frames, some original to the works, and some are created specifically for a piece on view. On Level 2 in our Thomson Collection of Canadian Art, (Galleries 202–222) paintings are framed in everything from the extremely ornate to modern and sleek.
Mark your calendars! Internationally renowned German
artist, filmmaker and writer Hito Steyerl returns to the AGO next October, for her
first ever major solo exhibition in Canada. Celebrated for her boundary-pushing
films and lectures,
her work casts a critical eye on a wide range of
subjects, from video games to artificial intelligence. Taking viewers on a
series of journeys to places remote, fictional and deeply personal, her
boundary-pushing films and lectures reveal the complexities and absurdities
undermining the idea of a connected world.
As the imaginative centre of Toronto, the AGO is always bringing international voices to our local audience. Over the last few months, we’ve had a number of artists, authors, musicians, comedians and all-around cool people join us to share their knowledge and tell their stories. To celebrate these inspiring and thought-provoking conversations, we’ve pulled together a list of our favourites featuring curators, artists, authors and more. Check them out.
Exhibitions come and (sadly) go, but books can last
forever. With our exhibition catalogues, you can bring home a piece of the show
that touched your heart, expanded your mind and fed your soul. Here are some of
our recent favourites and new editions.
We’re still feeling the excitement since launching our new admission model last week. On Saturday, May 25 – the day we officially started offering our AGO Annual Pass and free admission for anyone 25 and under – the AGO was buzzing with visitors both new and returning. Spirits were high and the energy was contagious! Since then we’ve been receiving wonderful feedback from visitors and community members, both in person and online. Here’s some of what we’ve been hearing:
Witty, subversive, dark, cheeky – these are just a few of the words commonly used to describe the sculptural works of Montreal artist and 2017 Gershon Iskowitz Prize-winner Valérie Blass. In her new exhibition, on view now on Level 4 of the Vivian & David Campbell Centre for Contemporary Art, Blass goes one step further, sparking viewers’ imaginations with a series of works that use thrift store clothing, found objects and repeating visual motifs. Valérie Blass: Le parlement des invisibles is on view now until December 1.
The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival may be winding down, but many of the exhibitions – including the AGO’s Photography, Women in Focus: 1920s–1940s – continue after the month ends. Before we say goodbye to the Festival, the AGO is hosting an exciting talk on May 29 with two Toronto luminaries June Clark and Suzy Lake, along with African-American artist Ming Smith.
From morning to night, AGO All Hours took
over the museum on Saturday, May 25 – and it was a hit! The first iteration of our
all-day, all-ages art event filled
the AGO with inspiration and fun.
Spring showers have brought us
flowers, and the heat of summer is almost upon us. That means a whole new line-up
of adult, youth and children’s courses at the AGO. With life-drawing, painting,
photography and more, there is something for every age group and every art-making
style. This could be your summer of inspiration – take the plunge!
Have you seen our exhibition Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory? On view now, it showcases the remarkably intricate works of artist Vija Celmins. And if you cannot get enough of gazing at the stars and ocean waves in her remarkable work in the exhibition, we present an additional installation of eight newly acquired prints by the globally acclaimed artist that are now part of the AGO Collection.